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#1 Allan Wotherspoon

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 0110 AM

I've decided its time for a new computer.  Looking at a high powered gaming rig.  I'm considering the following, but I am also open to a custom build.  Any input welcome!

 

NCIX Rogue X Tier 3:  http://pc.ncix.com/n...645CC9B-7205316

 

NCIX Impact Hydro Tier 2: http://pc.ncix.com/n...15EB528-7205386

 

NCIX Gigabyte Phoenix Tier 3: http://pc.ncix.com/n...FA7630A-7205393

 

NCIX  is a local computer shop I've bought my last 3 computers from.  I like and I trust them.


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Posted 14 February 2017 - 0129 AM

I'm not a gamer so can't help with any of that, but it looks like those high-end mobos have USB 3.1 and at least one Type C port, which is good.


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Posted 14 February 2017 - 2059 PM

I doubt you'd be sad with any of them, they are all pretty high end. I'm not a fan of corsair stuff as I've had to RMA so much of it. The ssds was a good way to go. The one with the power supply of 650w I might bump that up. You can probably find an online tool to figure out your wattage. Those rm series are designed to run silent up to a certain power level which is nice. I am really a fan of asus stuff. I do like the corsair cases. That broadwell is probably huge diminishing returns for gaming just because many won't be optimized for it. I'm sure others will be along to tell you that you can build it cheaper yourself but if you are happy that's all that matters.
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Posted 15 February 2017 - 0626 AM

This is an interesting comparison tool, that benchmarks PC builds according to their purpose, like gaming rigs, workstations, and so on. Last time I used it, it was pretty up to date about recent hardware innovations.

 

http://www.userbenchmark.com/PCBuilder

 

I tried to put the Rogue X build in the tool, and this is the result:

http://www.userbench...7vsS0-M?tab=MBD


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#5 Allan Wotherspoon

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 0955 AM

Interesting.  The Rogue X is the one I am leaning towards at the moment.


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Posted 15 February 2017 - 1628 PM

If you can, wait until the AMD Ryzen is in the market the rumor is that might force Intel prices down.


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Posted 15 February 2017 - 1730 PM

Interesting.  The Rogue X is the one I am leaning towards at the moment.

 

The Value row should be considered. For instance, a 5TB WD Black seems a better choice, value-wise. Same could be said of a Nvidia GTX1080.

 

Comparison with a new setup using those variations: http://www.userbench...6.89267?tab=HDD

 

While losing a bit of gaming performance, the resulting system is much cheaper.


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#8 Allan Wotherspoon

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 1843 PM

I agree with the GTX1080 in place of the Triton, but I would stick with the 2tb Firecuda drive rather than the 5tb WD Black. I've got lots of external drive space.

Great suggestions!
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Posted 15 February 2017 - 1901 PM

Top of range graphics cards are frequently deep inside diminishing-returns area.


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Posted 15 February 2017 - 1925 PM

I'll probably put together a Hackintosh this spring. I'll start putting together a parts list soon, and set it up as a dual boot Win10 and OS X, maybe even Linux if I'm feeling bored.

 

https://www.tonymacx86.com/


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 1742 PM

In my professional area -3D model and animation - everyone that is in Mac is moving to Windows due to dismal support and lack of hardware updates from Apple.


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 1916 PM

Yep, Apple has done a crappy job of hardware updates for nearly a decade. IOS rules the roost, and the Macbook Pro was best in class for a long time so they neglected everything else. I still prefer OS X over Win10, but not by as much, Apple dumbing down the OS since 10.6.8 hasn't been the right direction for the Pro users. The fact that I can make a Hackintosh for < $1000 that clobbers anything Apple offers as a desktop isn't a complement to Apple's hardware design.


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#13 Allan Wotherspoon

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 2309 PM

Trying to decide on a video card.  Right now, the leading candidates are:

 

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 ROG Strix 1607/1733 MHz 8GB GDDR5X (air cooled)

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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk X (water cooled)

 

Anyone have any input on which one i should go for?  The MSI card is CA$1100.00 vs CA$930.00 for the air cooled ASUS card.


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 0416 AM

How sensitive do you react to noise?

Overall I've heard better things about Asus than MSI but that may not apply in this case.


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 0630 AM

Trying to decide on a video card.  Right now, the leading candidates are:

 

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 ROG Strix 1607/1733 MHz 8GB GDDR5X (air cooled)

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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Sea Hawk X (water cooled)

 

Anyone have any input on which one i should go for?  The MSI card is CA$1100.00 vs CA$930.00 for the air cooled ASUS card.

 

Agree with Nils. Looking at the results on this article, both cards are more or less equal, raw performance-wise, but the Sea Hawk looks like a pretty sweet card, from the noise, and temperature points of view.

 

Regardless of the card you buy, please use three monitors in panoramic setup, and post pics.

If you are using liquid cooling in the CPU, some cases could not accept some GPU liquid cooling setups, but the shop you selected should be able to find a compatible case.


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 1958 PM

AMD Ryzen out in March  http://www.anandtech...-sale-march-2nd


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Posted 26 February 2017 - 0905 AM

Price war starts http://wccftech.com/...zen-processors/


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Posted 11 March 2017 - 1301 PM

I am working a new system as well.  I need about $2,000 for what I want to build.  But it is going to last me another 10 years like the current build. 


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 1007 AM

Monitors; I need reasonable price, and decent specs.  While I want dual 4k, I think my budget will only allow dual 1080p.  I like the offerings from ASUS, Dell, and Samsung in the 24-28" range.  Suggestions?

 

Also I am looking at either a GTX 1060 6 gb card, or the Radeon RX 480 XFX GTR 8gb edition.  I would like a 1070 card, but I have to cut back somewhere.  I am somewhat concerned with the power draw of the RX 480, but AMD seems to have a fix.  Processor is definately going to be an 8 core AMD Ryzen, either the 1700 or 1700X.  Ram has dropped from 64 gb to 16 gb (I'd like 32gb), with maybe a Western Digital M.2 NVME 512 gb drive as primary, and a 4 gb WD Blue or Black caviar as storage. 


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 1359 PM

Monitors; I need reasonable price, and decent specs.  While I want dual 4k, I think my budget will only allow dual 1080p.  I like the offerings from ASUS, Dell, and Samsung in the 24-28" range.  Suggestions?

 

Also I am looking at either a GTX 1060 6 gb card, or the Radeon RX 480 XFX GTR 8gb edition.  I would like a 1070 card, but I have to cut back somewhere.  I am somewhat concerned with the power draw of the RX 480, but AMD seems to have a fix.  Processor is definately going to be an 8 core AMD Ryzen, either the 1700 or 1700X.  Ram has dropped from 64 gb to 16 gb (I'd like 32gb), with maybe a Western Digital M.2 NVME 512 gb drive as primary, and a 4 gb WD Blue or Black caviar as storage. 

 

For monitors, have a look here: http://www.tomshardw...itors,4533.html


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